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What the papers say – February 25

What the papers say – February 25

What the papers say – February 25

25 February 2021

The Thursday papers lead with the machinations of Whitehall as hundreds of thousands of pupils prepare to hear how they will be graded.


Senior educator warns schools may take different approaches to grading

Senior educator warns schools may take different approaches to grading

Senior educator warns schools may take different approaches to grading

25 February 2021

Gavin Williamson will announce on Thursday how pupils will be graded after A-level and GCSE exams were again cancelled due to the pandemic.


Gulf War veterans urge others to seek help, 30 years after conflict ended

Gulf War veterans urge others to seek help, 30 years after conflict ended

Gulf War veterans urge others to seek help, 30 years after conflict ended

25 February 2021

Four former service personnel told the PA news agency about coping with PTSD and depression, and said professional help turned their lives around.


Thatcher told anti-Saddam PR drive could backfire over arms links, memo reveals

Thatcher told anti-Saddam PR drive could backfire over arms links, memo reveals

Thatcher told anti-Saddam PR drive could backfire over arms links, memo reveals

25 February 2021

The prime minister had asked for examples of Saddam Hussein’s reign of terror when the Gulf War broke out in 1990.


Oxfam’s statutory supervision lifted after reforms due to Haiti inquiry

Oxfam’s statutory supervision lifted after reforms due to Haiti inquiry

Oxfam’s statutory supervision lifted after reforms due to Haiti inquiry

25 February 2021

The Charity Commission for England and Wales found a ‘culture of poor behaviour’ among staff sent to help victims of the 2010 earthquake.


Gavin Williamson to lay out exam grade plan after 2020 chaos

Gavin Williamson to lay out exam grade plan after 2020 chaos

Gavin Williamson to lay out exam grade plan after 2020 chaos

25 February 2021

The Education Secretary is seeking to avoid a repeat of last year’s fiasco in England following an outcry by pupils.


How will students in England receive exam grades this summer?

How will students in England receive exam grades this summer?

How will students in England receive exam grades this summer?

25 February 2021

The Government and Ofqual have unveiled how pupils in England will receive their grades after this summer’s GCSE and A-level exams were cancelled.


Anti-vaccine sentiment in UK and US is really quite concerning – Anthony Fauci

Anti-vaccine sentiment in UK and US is really quite concerning – Anthony Fauci

Anti-vaccine sentiment in UK and US is really quite concerning – Anthony Fauci

24 February 2021

Dr Fauci was speaking at an online conference hosted by London’s Science Museum.


UK Government urged to ‘act unilaterally’ over Northern Ireland Protocol

UK Government urged to ‘act unilaterally’ over Northern Ireland Protocol

UK Government urged to ‘act unilaterally’ over Northern Ireland Protocol

24 February 2021

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster said the UK must act to ‘step up and protect the internal market’.


Visiting restrictions may have contributed to deaths of new mothers – report

Visiting restrictions may have contributed to deaths of new mothers – report

Visiting restrictions may have contributed to deaths of new mothers – report

24 February 2021

A safety watchdog has investigated a number of maternal deaths since the pandemic began.


Gavin Williamson says ‘no algorithms’ will be used to determine students’ grades

Gavin Williamson says ‘no algorithms’ will be used to determine students’ grades

Gavin Williamson says ‘no algorithms’ will be used to determine students’ grades

24 February 2021

His comments came just hours before the Government was due to announce their plans for assessment in England.


Arlene Foster brands joint committee meeting on NI Protocol ‘disappointing’

Arlene Foster brands joint committee meeting on NI Protocol ‘disappointing’

Arlene Foster brands joint committee meeting on NI Protocol ‘disappointing’

24 February 2021

Northern Ireland’s First Minister has accused European officials of being ‘tone deaf’.


Cat gives live pigeon to man called Pidgeon during committee hearing

Cat gives live pigeon to man called Pidgeon during committee hearing

Cat gives live pigeon to man called Pidgeon during committee hearing

24 February 2021

The episode interrupted a meeting of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Finance Committee.


Children urged not to hug grandparents until vaccine rollout impact is known

Children urged not to hug grandparents until vaccine rollout impact is known

Children urged not to hug grandparents until vaccine rollout impact is known

24 February 2021

Dr Jenny Harries said a ‘steady course’ is needed through the road map out of lockdown.


Ministers launch new ‘stay at home’ drive as Covid rates continue to fall

Ministers launch new ‘stay at home’ drive as Covid rates continue to fall

Ministers launch new ‘stay at home’ drive as Covid rates continue to fall

24 February 2021

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the success of the vaccination rollout did not mean people could give up on social distancing.


Protocol checks in NI ‘could be overwhelmed when supermarket exemption ends’

Protocol checks in NI ‘could be overwhelmed when supermarket exemption ends’

Protocol checks in NI ‘could be overwhelmed when supermarket exemption ends’

24 February 2021

DUP junior minister Gary Middleton warned that businesses could be crippled with Brexit red tape.


Lord Advocate denies involvement in Crown Office’s Salmond intervention

Lord Advocate denies involvement in Crown Office’s Salmond intervention

Lord Advocate denies involvement in Crown Office’s Salmond intervention

24 February 2021

James Wolffe said the intervention that led to Alex Salmond’s evidence being redacted was made independently and without political pressure.


Two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine produce a high number of antibodies – study

Two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine produce a high number of antibodies – study

Two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine produce a high number of antibodies – study

24 February 2021

The new research also shows high confidence levels in the vaccine.


Academic careers of young ‘thrown into chaos’ by pandemic – Edward

Academic careers of young ‘thrown into chaos’ by pandemic – Edward

Academic careers of young ‘thrown into chaos’ by pandemic – Edward

24 February 2021

The Earl of Wessex achieved his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gold award in 1986 and has been heavily involved with the charity.


Sydney Devine’s family take ‘comfort’ in fan messages ahead of funeral

Sydney Devine’s family take ‘comfort’ in fan messages ahead of funeral

Sydney Devine’s family take ‘comfort’ in fan messages ahead of funeral

24 February 2021

The funeral has had to be scaled back to the maximum of 20 people but will take place in Ayr on Thursday.


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